Saybrook University’s Dr. Kirwan Rockefeller on imagery, whatever you focus on becomes magnified

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The face of worry

Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., WIA/TAA Academic Advisor at the University of California, Irvine Extension, is the author of “Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt,” and is the co-editor of “Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare,” Volume 2 of the 3-volume series, “Whole Person Healthcare.”  This is the fifth installment in Dr. Rockefeller’s series of blogs on utilizing the imagination for personal transformation.

Have you ever lain awake at 2 AM in the morning with your mind spinning out of control?  You might be imagining all the things that can, and no doubt you think, will go wrong.  If so, then you know the mental rumination about all the terrible things you’re worrying about appear much larger, deeply menacing and frightfully disturbing in the dark, wee hours.  The ghosts, gremlins, energy vampires and wicked witches seize your mind, body and spirit until you’re paralyzed with fear and inertia.  Stuck doesn’t feel very good as you literally worry yourselves sick.

Worry is the #1 way we all use imagery, and most of us aren’t even aware of how we terrorize ourselves with the images in our minds.  But, we can stop the terror attacks.

Henry Ford said, “Whatever you believe you can or can’t, you’re probably right.”  With a new found awareness of the power of imagery and your creative imagination, focus on what you can do, what you want to do, and ultimately, what’s right with you.

Focus your mind and actively choose new images that support your positive growth, aspirations and goals.  You might consider putting your Vision Board next to your bed, so it’s the first and last thing you see each day.  Seeding your consciousness with affirming, nurturing, and hopeful images will begin to seep into the fertile consciousness, reminding you of the direction and outcomes that are associated with your goals.

Let’s recap from the past few weeks.  You’ve imagined in as much detail as you can, the outcomes you’re seeking.  You’ve learned to quiet the Inner Critic and how not to dismiss the first thoughts that come to your mind as silly or impossible.  Your Vision Board sets the tone of where you want to go, and by moving to a different dock, your ship is getting ready to sail.

Next week:  Believe you can:  Focus on the stars.